Free Lecture June 12: Wait, is it (just) BPD?

June 12, 2024

Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder

Free Public Lecture


Wait, is it (just) BPD? Neurodivergent Insights: Unveiling the Parallels of BPD, ADHD, and Autism in Emotional Regulation and So Much More

Ani Spooner
Neurodivergence parenting and adult coach
Big Emotions Coaching


Ani Spooner will unpack and explore the intersection between BPD and neurodivergence, including ADHD and Autism with us. Ani incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her role as a neurodivergence coach, specializing in addressing big emotions among both children and adults. Her Big Emotions Parenting Coaching supports parents of Intense, sensitive, emotional, perceptive, energetic, persistent or spirited children, while her Big Emotions Coaching helps adults grappling with emotional dysregulation, autism, ADHD, BPD, RSD, anger issues, anxiety, extreme sensitivity, and giftedness. Ani's strategy emphasizes the strengths and potential within neurodiversity, delivering approaches for handling emotions and enhancing a variety of skills. Don't miss the insights and strategies she will share, aimed at transforming challenges into strengths for neurodivergent individuals and their families.

The Lecturer

Ani Spooner
Ani Spooner

Ani Spooner of Big Emotions Coaching specializes in neurodivergent coaching, focusing on ADHD, Autism, ODD, RSD, Anxiety, BPD, PDA, Anger, Extreme Sensitivity, and Emotional Dysregulation. Drawing from personal and professional experiences, she empowers individuals and families to navigate emotional dysregulation and divergent brains with resilience. Over 20 years ago, she began at Women’s College Hospital, facilitating workshops, support groups, and counseling for women with facial differences and disabilities.

For the past 12 years, Ani has focused on parenting and big emotions teen and adult coaching, using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and evidence-based tools. As an advocate, she wants to reshape how we see neurodivergence and promote appreciation for the diversity of human cognition as a norm. Her empathetic, holistic approach fosters personal growth and promotes appreciation for neurodiversity, emphasizing strengths and embracing divergence to overcome challenges


Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 7:00 PM

This Public Lecture is free of charge and open to all. It will be a digital event offered via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder is a registered charity for family members and caregivers.